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Can deadly Geaney derail the Crokes?

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CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Dr Crokes v Dingle

Sunday, April 29 at 2.30pm

(Austin Stack Park) 

Dingle are a good side. The bookies have them as second favourites to win the County Championship and their unblemished record in the Club Championship to date speaks for itself. It would certainly be unfair to call them a one-man team.

But in Paul Geaney the men from the west have one of the deadliest forwards in the country. If the Crokes are to secure a second consecutive Kerry Club Football Championship, they’ll need a special plan for the former All-Star forward. If current form is anything to go by, it’ll be easier said than done.

Geaney bagged six of Dingle’s eight goals in the group stage as they made relatively light work of Kenmare, Rathmore and Legion and if the reigning champions aren’t careful, the 27-year-old is more than capable of putting them to the sword.

The good news for the Crokes is that they have actually been extremely stingy in defence so far this year. The Lewis Road club have kept three straight clean sheets in the County League and altogether Shane Murphy has only been beaten three times in their six games up to this point. Keeping Geaney and Dingle goalless on Sunday would surely lead to a fifth Club Championship in seven years for Pat O’Shea’s men because, apart from that anomaly against Glenbeigh-Glencar (0-9 to 0-9) on the opening day of the league, they’ve registered at least 18 points in every game this season.

The finalists met in Páirc an Ághasaigh last week in the County League but a number of regulars were missing from both sides. Encouragingly for the Crokes, a number of youngsters made valuable contributions, most noticeably the prodigious David Shaw and Mark O’Shea who scored 1-2 and 1-1 respectively. Michael Potts also chipped in with three points and Jack Griffin came off the bench to add 0-2 as the visitors ran out 2-12 to 0-7 winners.

Colm Cooper was the only old head in the forward division, which was made up by Paul Clarke, Gavin O’Shea, Potts, Shaw and Mark O’Shea. The likes of Daithí Casey, Kieran O’Leary, Brian Looney and Tony Brosnan are likely to come back in for the decider but the new brigade did their chances of breaking into the starting 15 no harm at all.

Gooch and co. will undoubtedly be favourites to prevail but Dingle will have fond memories of the 2015 Club Championship final when they halted Crokes’ quest for four-in-a-row with a memorable 2-12 to 0-14 win. If their free-scoring talisman can continue his rich vein of form, another major upset could be on the cards – although it would also take a very bad day at the office from the Crokes.

 

Verdict: Crokes by six

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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Planning rules “nonsensical in a housing crisis” Cllr Healy-Rae

A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae. The current planning policy states […]

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A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae.

The current planning policy states that any application house along national primary and national secondary roadways exiting from existing entrances will not be considered.
Healy-Rae says this problem is particularly acute in the Killarney Municipal District given the amount of national roadway surrounding the area with the N22, N71 and N72.
“It is nonsensical that where an individual is living at home and using an existing entrance, can’t be considered to build their own house and use existing entrance they are already using,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
“How Transport Infrastructure Ireland can quantify this as additional traffic is preposterous. Given we are in a housing crisis, given all the challenges surrounding planning, given exorbitant house prices and the lack of affordable housing, it is ludicrous that this is a reason people are being refused planning.”
She called on Kerry County Council to write to the TII, the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Local Government requesting that the current blanket policy be lifted.
“It [the policy] has directly resulted in numerous planning applications being refused and even considered at the pre-planning stage,” she added.
Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has also raised the issue in Dáil Éireann.

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